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Northwest Africa 8001
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8001
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8001
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2013
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 23.4 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 102  (2013)  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Recommended:  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 315 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
Search for other: Lunar meteorites
Comments: Approved 30 Nov 2013
Writeup from MB 102:

Northwest Africa 8001 (NWA 8001)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2013 Jun

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased by Darryl Pitt in June 2013 from a Moroccan dealer.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Complex polymict breccia composed of angular mineral clasts, some mare basalt clasts and glass spheres in a fine grained matrix. Sparse grains of forsterite are present; other minerals are more ferroan olivine, low-Ca pyroxene, subcalcic augite, anorthite, ilmenite and troilite.

Geochemistry: Forsterite (Fa5.7-9.0; FeO/MnO = 91-104), ferroan olivine (Fa39.7-47.7; FeO/MnO = 89-95), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs31.2-33.5Wo5.6-3.9; FeO/MnO = 56-63), subcalcic augite (Fs17.2-44.4Wo36.5-26.6; FeO/MnO = 49-62), subcalcic ferroaugite (Fs58.8Wo33.4; FeO/MnO = 72), anorthite (An96.8-97.3Or0.1-0.2). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL): INAA of subsamples gave mean abundances of FeO 4.8 wt.%, and (in ppm) Sc 9, La 7.9, Sm 3.7, Eu 0.96, Yb 2.7, Th 1.3.

Classification: Lunar (mingled regolithic breccia). Olivine as magnesian as that present in this meteorite is unknown among other lunar specimens.

Specimens: 4.7 g and one polished thin section are at UWB. The remainder is with DPitt.

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Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2013 Jun
Mass (g):23.4
Class:Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):5.7-9.0; 39.7-47.7
Ferrosilite (mol%):31.2-33.5; 17.2-44.4
Wollastonite (mol%):5.6-3.9; 36.5-26.6
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):4.7
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:D. Pitt
Comments:DP729; submitted by A. Irving
   and collections
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
UWB: University of Washington, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 2012)
DPitt: Darryl Pitt, 225 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024, United States; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 102, MAPS 50, 1662, September 2015
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     This is 1 of 9116 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1873 unapproved names)

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